Prologue

The Inadvisable Act of Walking the Distance
The Danger of Fiction
The Politics of Exile Writing
The Selfie
No Smoking
The Promised Land
True Believers Always Die in Doubt
Imagining What Was Once There
Encounter, Recognition, Shrinking
How to Watch Films
Between Writing and Feeling
Desexualized
The Freethinker
The Prophet
A Love Affair
Zulaikha
Two Arab-American Intellectuals
The Problem of Representation
Who Is Abraham?
The Muslim
The Subject as Marketable Excess
Barrenness
Cinematic Anger
Writing Africa
The Crying Subject

Conclusion
About the author
Twenty-Five Meditations on Writing and Subjectivity
Ahmed Elbeshlawy
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Table of contents
Table of contents
Description
About the author
Prologue
The Inadvisable Act of Walking the Distance
The Danger of Fiction
The Politics of Exile Writing
The Selfie
No Smoking
The Promised Land
True Believers Always Die in Doubt
Imagining What Was Once There
Encounter, Recognition, Shrinking
How to Watch Films
Between Writing and Feeling
Desexualized
The Freethinker
The Prophet
A Love Affair
Zulaikha
Two Arab-American Intellectuals
The Problem of Representation
Who Is Abraham?
The Muslim
The Subject as Marketable Excess
Barrenness
Cinematic Anger
Writing Africa
The Crying Subject
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Conclusion
Ahmed Elbeshlawy is a scholar of comparative literature. He is the author of Woman in Lars von Trier’s Cinema (Palgrave, 2016), America in Literature and Film (Routledge, 2011), and various articles and book chapters in The Palgrave Handbook of Literature and the City (2016), Sexuality and Culture (2014), The Comparatist (2008), Scope (2008), and fe/male bodies (2005, 2006).
Triggered by the shimmering Hong Kong’s skyline, Ahmed Elbeshlawy
remembers the Sheriff from Clint Eastwood’s movie Unforgiven
asking Strawberry Alice, a prostitute with whom he was arguing after
he beat a suspect for carrying a gun, “Innocent of what?”. “Free
of what?”, Ahmed asks the 21’s century “free thinker” sunk in
the world of political correctness, capitalism, multiculturalism,
immigration or gender issues.

From smoking in public places and taking selfies to historical figures
or characters from movies, his twenty-five essays drive the reader
through contemporary social phenomena, stirring literary tropes,
poignant cinematic moments and subjective instances shaped by
different histories and carrying forward mixed feelings, beliefs and
illusions.

To make sense out of these, Ahmed’s writing destabilizes
what is usually taken as common sense, sagaciously unpacking thoughts
of European philosophers like Lacan, Derrida, Adorno and Žižek, as
well as titans of literature like Shakespeare and Kafka.
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